Tuesday Tip: Have You Made a Pen Pal Today?

So I adventured out to meet another blogger buddy of mine, Becky Povich, and if you’ve read her blog, you won’t be at all surprised that we shared a lot of laughter and a lot of topics in a very short time!
Let’s see…we discussed writing and blogging, and making new friends and blogging, and books in the works and blogging and mutual writing/blogging aquaintances and peach milkshakes and blogging…well, I think you get the picture.
But here’s the actual picture, just in case you’re still wondering.

And in all the talk of blogging, here’s my favoritest thing that Becky said:
“Visiting blogs and making friends with bloggers…it’s like pen pals!”

You know, I always wanted a pen pal when I was a kid. Better late than never!
(And sometimes, you’re lucky enough to meet in person. Thanks, Becky, for a lovely afternoon! And did you notice that Cathy-on-a-Stick and I were twinsies? She’s such a copycat.)

A Monday Muse on Catching Up

Over the weekend, it was down the interstate and through the traffic, to grandmother’s house we went. Technically, it was the Junior Halls’ grandmother (and grandfather) and er, technically, none of the Junior Halls were on the trip. And fortuitously for me, the Beneficent Mr. Hall was doing the driving.

So, what we had was the perfect set-up for some catch-up reading. I brought along five issues of a writing newsletter that I hadn’t quite gotten around to reading. Yes, FIVE. And goodness me, I found all kinds of interesting stuff in those back issues. I sorta, kinda wish I’d read them sooner as some of the material was time-sensitive. But the point is, I got ‘er done.

Which brings me to my second point. When it comes to my fiction writing, I sometimes have tunnel vision. That work-in-progress manuscript calls my name and I simply get caught up in fixing holes (or creating holes), fleshing out characters (or killing them off), and adding layers (or subtracting fluff). The next thing you know, the Beneficent Mr. Hall is circling my desk, wondering aloud if anyone’s going to be fixing dinner anytime soon. Believe me, friends. A hungry Mr. Hall is not that beneficent.

So, March has nearly marched by and like those newsletters I let sit for months, I’m afraid I’ve let a few friends and their writing ups and downs sit for awhile. (Unless you’re on Facebook, and you put the link to your blog whenever you pen a new post. I tend to take a few fifteen minute FB breaks during the day to see what’s up and I’ll zip over to a blog post then. I don’t necessarily comment–I’m like the wind–swooshing in and out. But I was there, cheering you on. Or commiserating, whichever the case may be.)

I just wanted you to know that, also like those newsletters, I’ll be catching up soon. Baseball season’s coming, and it’s better for the health of everyone if I do something else (like reading my friends’ blog posts) while watching the games.

Winners in More Ways Than One

First, I want to thank all y’all (that’s grammatically corrrect in the South) who dropped by and left lovely comments about your “letters from home.” Both Kristina McMorris’ book, Letters from Home, and your heartfelt sharing, made me wistful for a letter of my own. And as always, I wish I could give all y’all (okay, maybe it’s not really grammatically correct. We’re still going to say it) a copy of the book.
But there can be only one. And the one who shall receive this winning book is LISA! Lucky Lisa shall hear from me shortly.

Now to move on to other winners. Namely, me! Linda O’Connell, over at Write from The Heart, gave me this swell blog award:

A proviso of winning this award is posting a picture of yourself, blogging. Now, if I were to post a true picture of myself blogging, small children would run from the room, folks with heart conditions would drop on the spot, and the rest of you would need a brain sweep.

It is not a pretty sight. So, I’ll just post me sitting at the computer, in one of those lovely, posed pics.

Also, I get to pass along this award to a fantastic blogger. And I choose…DEBRA MAYHEW! Debra has a lovely and sparkly new blog where she shares thoughts about children’s writing. And a little about herself. Oh! And her new dog, Indy. But mostly about her writing journey. I think you’ll enjoy her charming philosophy, so please drop by if you have a minute.

So on this lovely Monday morning, everybody’s a winner. (Well, maybe not all y’all won an award or a book today. But all y’all are winners in my book!)

Finding Something Friday a Day Late (Okay, Two Days. Sheesh.)

But technically, I found this contest on Friday. Just sayin’.

So, there must be something about the first of the year that motivates us bloggers. Because now, my blogger buddy, Lisa, wants to reach 100 followers. AND she’s got some swell prizes lined up to motivate you.

Let’s see…there’s a $20 gift certificate from Amazon.com, and a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing, and hmmm…

Well, here’s what you do. Zip over to Lisa’s blog for the details. Oh! I remember now! A journal! That’s the other prize. It’s swell, too.

Well, I’m glad we’ve settled that. But you’ll still need to zip over there, sign on as a follower, and tell her I sent you. Because I want to win one of those swell prizes. Just sayin.’

Wednesday WINNERS!

I’m SO excited to share the winners of the Big Bang B & N Followers Contest with you! And I have the names right…um, had the names here, just a minute ago.

Hmmmm…Not to worry, I know they’re here somewhere. Let me just move this HUGE book and Cathy-on-a-Stick, and Eureka!

But before I post the winners (and you know your eyes just dropped down to scan the names), I want to say thank you to everyone who signed on as a new follower. I hope you’ll come back and visit often. Especially because you may win sometime in the future. I have another contest coming up soon, and you’re going to love the prize! Okay, okay, moving on…

The winning NEW follower (who shall receive a $20 gift card from Barnes and Noble)…Jodi!

Now, as it happens, Jodi signed up after I posted an announcement about the contest on the Premium Green boards. So, technically, she was sent by, um, me. It didn’t seem too sporting to win my own contest, so I threw the names into random.org again and came up with the next new follower.

The winning blogger who sent that follower my way (and who shall also receive a $20 gift card from Barnes and Noble)…Stacy!

But then, I spun the names of all those folks who graciously wrote a blog post, promoting my contest. I SO appreciated all y’all (as we say in the South) taking the time to help me meet my goal (and honestly, anything over 90 was gravy!). There were TEN bloggers mixing it up on random.org, by the way. THANK YOU!

The winning blogger who posted about the contest (who shall receive a $10 gift card from Barnes and Noble)…Madeline!

So, Jodi, Stacy and Madeline, I’ll need your address in order to send you a gift card. And I’ll send the gift cards right out. Um, as soon as I find them.